Yin-Yang Cycle Week 7: 9/12-9/18

Sam, Previously: Week 6 here^ 9/12 REST 9/13 Chest & back – yang (4 days since last trained) DB incline @60 8, 8, 6, 6 Push-up 8, 8, 6, 6 Rest :90 Single arm BB row @60 8, 8, 8, 8 (rpe 9.3) V-up 10, 10, 10, 10 Rest :60 Seated vertical cable fly (FC)…

Yin-Yang Cycle Week 5: 8/29-9/4

Sam, Previously: Week 4 here^ 8/29 REST 8/30 Arms – yang Close-grip bench x4 @125 / @135 10 / 8, 6, 6 EZ bar curl @80 8, 8, 8 (rpe 8.7), 4 Rest :90 Seated DB military press x4 @40 10, 10, 8, 8 Reverse EZ Bar Curl @50 10, 10, 8, 8 Rest :45 Tricep…

Yin-Yang Cycle Week 4: 8/22-8/28

Sam, Previously: Week 3 here^ 8/22-8/24 This week my split and regular training is interrupted by my preparations for the 2019 NYC Writers’ Digest Annual Conference. There was a lot of work to be done to prepare my manuscript before I pitched to agents, and I needed all the time I could spend on it….

Yin-Yang Cycle Week 3: 8/15-8/21

Sam, Previously: Week 2 here^ 8/15 REST 8/16 Legs (Hotel workout) DB Goblet pause squat @50 10, 10, 10, 10 Bosu Ball v-up 10, 10, 10, 10 Rest :60 Lying DB leg curl 4-2-4 @40 10, 10, 10, 10 Rest :60 Treadmill DB walking lunges @40 (20/20)/ @60 (30/30) 10, 10 / 10, 10, 10…

Choose, Sacrifice, Adapt

Sam, One of the key elements to a story is having the protagonist make a sacrifice–pay a heavy price–at the climax or breaking point; what makes that good is when the author has had enough build-up to get the audience to care about the protagonist’s sacrifice and how they adapt. There is the creation of…

When the Turkey’s Ready and Only Then

Sam, I write to you this post at a timely moment. November hosts the annual challenge many writers will take up: National Novel Writing Month. The objective of NaNoWriMo is to compose a 50,000 word manuscript within the dates of November 1 and November 30. Whether or not you accomplish the assigned criterion by November’s end…

The Author’s Platform

Sam, I think I have neglected to address to you an important piece of why I want to publish my novel Project Stripes. It deals with the author’s platform, a hard to define term agents and publishers want to know about when being queried. What I understand: the platform is my ability to sell my…

There’s Only One Enemy

Sam, I’ve been gathering up my resolve at the start of this New Year for what I want to get done in 2016. One thing I’ve discovered in building my motivation is how no matter what kind of support group you have, who you surround yourself with, there is only one enemy: you. When you…

This Year No Fear

Sam, As we go into this New Year (and over halfway through this decade), I’m going to talk about some advice I’ve was given and keep telling myself in times of triumph and doubt: stop being afraid. Too many times growing up, I and people close to me have let fear of the opinions of others control…

For the Pursuit of Purpose

Sam, Ever had one of those days when you just feel like screw everything, nothing’s going to happen/get done, why bother keep going? I know I have. This may sound familiar cause I’ve talked about doubt in “The Old Battle” post earlier this year. (Sorry for writing about so many depressing things, but this won’t…